Canadiens Trade PK Subban For Shea Weber

After denying the the rumors on draft weekend, the Canadiens did the unthinkable and dealt Subban to Nashville.

What a whirlwind half hour to be a hockey fan. Literally minutes after the hockey world was laughing at the Oilers for trading Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, the Montreal Canadiens decided to move franchise defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber.

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet was the first to break the devastating news to Canadiens fans.

The shock of the trade is still resonating throughout Montreal and echoing through every Canadiens fan. Subban was loved among the Canadiens fan base and rightfully so. He is very charismatic, his on ice play was amazing and he embraced the city of Montreal like very few non-Montrealers.

Subban has been a key piece of the Canadiens defensive unit for 6 seasons. He’s firmly established himself as one of the premier defenders in the NHL. It was also the driving force behind the Canadiens decision to give him an 8 year, $72 million dollar contract in 2014.

In return, the Canadiens receive another highly regarded defender in Shea Weber. Weber is an 11 year veteran who has spent his entire career in Nashville. He quickly developed into one of the best two way defenders in the NHL and has maintained that status for the past 8+ seasons.

Weber is in the middle of a 14 year, $110 million dollar contract that he received after the Philadelphia Flyers gave him an offer sheet in 2012. At 31, Weber still has 10 years left on his deal with a cap hit of $7.86 million per season.

Weber is coming off a 20 goal and 51 point season for Nashville, marking the 3rd time he’s hit both plateaus. He also averaged over 25 minutes a night for a 6th straight year. Weber led all defencemen in power play goals with 14 and was 4th in power play points.

Despite the successful season, Weber saw his possession numbers fall below average for a 4th straight season. Despite the regression in that area, Weber remains one of the better defenders in the league.

This trade adds a little more cap room for the Canadiens as they seek to add more offense and toughness to the lineup. The team now has just over $9.6 million in cap room and it is expected they will use that to add scoring help on the 2nd line.

This trade also marks the end of an era in Montreal. Subban was and will continue to be loved among Canadiens fans. When the news broke, initial reaction was negative at best among fans. As angry as the fans may be at Marc Bergevin for making this trade, they should also keep in mind that Shea Weber had nothing to do with it and does not deserve to be painted as a bad guy.

With that said, it’ll be very interesting to see how Weber responds to doing the impossible and filling Subban’s shoes on the Canadiens blueline and in the community. For those wondering, Weber will make his return to Nashville on January 3rd while Subban will return to Montreal on March 2nd.